I'm very excited, after just one month on the dexcom (which I LOVE) my doctor's office called me up and asked if I wanted to be part of the clinical trial for the Dexcom Gen4! Of COURSE I am!!! Anyway, to make a long story short, starting on Monday the 26th at 5am I'll be "test driving" the new Dexcom sensor and reciever!
I'm looking forward to sharing my experiances (or as much as I'm allowed) with everyone here. It looks like they've still got quite a ways to go in the FDA approval process but it'll be a nice peek into what's in the works for us down the road!
I'm in the Eastern Idaho Area, they're currently full for the program in our office, I was actually on the waiting list but someone had to drop out last minute. I think they called me simply because I'm new to Dex and for the program they wanted people who didn't have "perfect control" because they're trying to test for accuracy during high's, low's and so forth.
I have 2 "In Clinic" days where we have to be there 12 hours and test (with fingersticks) every 15 minutes. Then the rest of the week I basically live life and test at least 7 times a day but only calibrate 2 times per day.
Also, as part of the study I'll be wearing 2 sensors, transmitters, and recievers! With my Cellphone and pump already on my belt I really will be Batman!
I'm already excited about what's in the works as part of this study (not the one I'm doing) is an Acetaminophen test. Which leads me to believe that at the very least the new sensor "may" let you take tylenol?
You're not supposed to take anything with Acetaminophen as it reacts with the chemicals on the sensor and throws off blood sugar readings for a while (I believe it's somewhere along the order of 6 hours for most people). It doesn't hurt the sensor or your body but it does make the readings worthless for a good chunk of time.
I'm not participating in that part of the study, but I believe that they're trying to get approval for the NEXT version of the sensor for use with it. You are correct, you are currently NOT supposed to take any form of Acetaminophen (Tylenol included) with the Dexcom 7. But wouldn't it be great if we could when the new product is released?
And btw, this isn't one of those "CYA" warnings about every possible thing that might have been reported but are rarely experieneced. This one is real. I had to take Acetaminophen for pain on a flight once, and my next three readings from the dexcom were high, higher, and astronmically high; this despite my many one touch tests showing me as flat in the target range before, during, and after.
As someonene else said, my dex came back after about 4-6 hours and didn't seem particularily inaccurate from there on.
So aside the tylenol what else are they trying to get for the new one? WOW the Dex7 already has everything you could possibly dream of other than it being one with your pump or the receiver being smaller. :o) Dexcom is really a great tool. I am very fond of mine ha ha. I wore the 3 for maybe a year but not full time as I was self pay and then it just got to be too expensive and now I have insurance which pais most of the sensors. So lucky to have good insurance. Can't wait to see what you have to post on the new generation.
I am very jealous that you get to use the G4 system. "If you are allowed", please comment on the improvements that Dexcom has made to the handheld in terms of size, features, useability, battery life, range, ect. I have recently started on the Seven Plus and have been very impressed with the design, comfort and accuracy of the sensor, but have been thourouly dissapointed in the reciever. It seems to me that Dexcom spent an incredibly large amount of time and effort on the sensor and then just threw the reciever together in a couple days, using whatever spare 1990's era gear that they had laying around.
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